- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480250201
- ISBN-13: 978-1480250208
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1: A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers: How to Print-on-Demand with CreateSpace & Make eBooks for Kindle & Other eReaders
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Hundreds of authors have shared feedback about Chris McMullen's books about self-publishing directly with the author via email or on the author's blog. Here are some things that many authors have enjoyed about these books:
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A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon, Volume 1.
The author recommends this book to most authors (though beginners may prefer to begin with the how-to guide), or the boxed set (which is the best value). This book is the author's most detailed guide. This volume focuses on formatting the interior, designing a cover, and step-by-step instructions for how to publish. Formatting focuses on Microsoft Word 2010, including many tips to format the paperback and e-book. Discusses many important decisions authors must make, like setting the price and the pros/cons of enrolling in KDP Select. Covers both paperback and e-book formatting.
A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon, Volume 2.
A continuation of the first volume. This volume focuses on editing, cover design considerations, setting up author pages, helpful info about Amazon, and a detailed introduction to marketing. Includes numerous tips to perfect the formatting, cover design, marketing, and more. Discusses many popular topics, like reviews, rank, creating buzz, building a following, and more. Several authors have expressed that this book is easily worth it for the very detailed chapter on marketing.
How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon.com.
This guide is not as detailed, but covers a wide range of introductory topics. Includes chapters on pre-publishing (like writing, editing, research, and developing the concept) in addition to publishing (formatting, conversion to PDF, publishing, and marketing). Updated in 2014 to provide more formatting and marketing depth. Includes popular topics like formatting page numbers, Kindle formatting, and conversion to PDF.
Formatting Pages for Publishing on Amazon with CreateSpace.
Shows you how to format a Word document for publishing with CreateSpace. Includes page numbering, headers, drop caps, widows, and more. Discusses many formatting details, like tips for better justification and how to prepare a file with bleed.
Self-Publishing with Amazon (Boxed Set: 4 Books in 1). Best value.
Includes all four full-length books listed above (over 600 pages). Also includes bonus content from the author's blog. Available in both paperback and for Kindle.
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Chris McMullen has self-published over a dozen paperback books on Amazon through CreateSpace, which is part of the Amazon group of companies, plus over a dozen eBooks through Kindle and other eReader publishers. He has also drawn thousands of professional illustrations using Microsoft Word. Here the author shares his experience and expertise.
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For being a guide to self-publishing, I found this book to be a disappointment. McMullen has published quite a few books using CreateSpace, yes, but he's nowhere close to being an expert. This book reads like it was thrown together quickly and sent to the press without having a good looking-over. If you look how many books McMullen has published in such a short period of time, my assumption is probably correct. The book has a few simple grammatical errors, several annoying quirks (the first that comes to mind is the author's tendency to overuse emoticons in what's supposed to be a professional-quality book), and many other annoying features. I especially hated that he used a sans-serif font throughout the entire book (that's a publishing 101 no-no). Additionally, this book reads more like an advertisement for CreateSpace than a legitimate guidebook (the author writes as if he worships CreateSpace/Amazon).
With all of that being said, the instructions in this book are actually helpful. I just wish the author would've taken the time to actually package it in a professional way. I found it ironic when (in the book) he mentioned that it should be a self-published author's goal to appear as if the book was traditionally/professionally published. Well, McMullen's book failed at that. The content is helpful, but the presentation is very amateur.
If you're interested in self-publishing and want to use this book as a guide, follow McMullen's instructions, not his example.
As my little house takes off and more people are sending in manuscripts I find myself drawn to books on formatting and how to publish using the print on demand services. I stumbled across this guide “A detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and other Online Booksellers, Volume 1”
If you are just starting out this book is full of formatting tips, choosing a publisher, creating book covers and publishing both print and ebooks. There are two volumes to this book but I believe that they could both be combined in one volume.
I have several issues with this book. The biggest on is that they are in love with Amazon to the detriment of the other opportunities out there. They only briefly mentioned Lightning Source, which is the only print on demand printer that will take back returns.
The printed word is actually growing, and who knows where the ebook will go. Despite the favor among smart phones and tablets, many people still prefer an ereader the epaper and eink is much easier to read than the glare of the screens of tables and smart phones.
There are so many more opportunities out there. For that reason, though he has many great tips I have to give it three stars. If it was more general or talked about other publishers more it would have gotten more stars, but for me, I am rooting for the little guy. The indie bookstore, the small press, we need to take back our books from Amazon. Therefore books on self publishing or starting your own imprint should embrace more than createspace and kdp.
Just my two cents worth.
This book is clearly designed as a book that will be referred to from time to time, yet there is no index and only four chapters (each chapter is split into two subchapters). It seems like it could be organized better to provide faster access to the information that the reader is looking for. Also I found my self wishing for more simple lists and checklists instead of requiring the reader to pick thru the fairly dense text. Careful addition of some white space would help the reader get the most out of the book.
I have no real quarrel with the MS Word tutorials but found like other readers that is was a little too specific for MS Word 2010. It would have been nice if the author would have taken the extra step and mentioned the alternate steps for MS Word 2007 when they differed from 2010.
I was also caught a little short when I found, buried on page 163, the following warning:
"It's important to note that you can't add a LCCN (i.e., Library of Congress Control Number)after your book is published. After you click Approve Proof, your book is published and it is too late to add an LCCN." If this had been important to me, I would have been unlikely to have seen this until it was too late....